This year, for myself, has been one of change. My daughter was born, we moved house, a global pandemic has made us stay in that house, and I, like many others, have had to transition to working from home more often than before.
I have just finished the eponymous book by Philippa Perry. It’s a far cry from my usual fair, but I was unlikely to find parenting advice or templates in computer science reference books.
The point of this story, is that we are really good at identifying patterns. However there is sometimes a bit of stigma to just putting the data in a spreadsheet and plotting it. Sometimes it is worth offloading visualisation to a program designed for just that, to help your brain manipulate the concept from a grounded position.
I’m finding as I grow older, the appeal of the digital world is waning.
We have the whole world at our fingertips, different and diverse communities to converse with, interesting art to experience, and a bottomless wealth of opinions to challenge us. And yet, I feel that the limit of technology I am comfortable with is that off my early 20s. Wikipedia, Bulletin Boards, IRC, and the modern incarnations of those technologies.
I’ve talked before about learning as an adult, and the particular challenges that come with it. Throw in parenthood and it can be even harder to find the time. I’m going to share a few opportunistic learning strategies I’ve tried and talk about which worked (or didn’t) for me.
While doing the coursera course Introduction to Mathematical Thinking I was exposed to the following proof, which is the first I’ve understood fully. The argument is elegant and, as it turns out, over 2000 years old! Euclid’s Elements first outlines this proof.
It seems as one gets older, the less free time you have. This time (for me) is normally used for personal progress (cultural, mental gains) and downtime (games, TV, books, gym).
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